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As my youngest is crossing the threshold and becoming a three-year old… Here are 80 of the BEST Activities for 2 Year Olds, that my two year old either enjoyed or would if we had thought of doing them this last year.

80 of the BEST Activities for 2 Year Olds

Exploring Color with your Kids

Create colorful art using leftovers from around the house. via Kid Play Do

Side walk chalk is always a fun outdoor activity for kids. Put the batches into condiment bottles to develop hand muscles as they create. via Learn Play Imagine

Create a color wheel with small toys and trinkets from around the house. via Teaching 2 & 3 Year olds

Get outside in the summer time and have fun with one of these simple activities. via Kids Activities Blog

Create a set of dancing rings using ribbon. These are adorable. via Etsy

Sorting is something that teaches kids patterns, helps them to learn how to differentiate, and is *fun* for the kids! via Color Made Happy

Help your kids eat all the colors of the rainbow – these gummy snacks for kids are fun to make, and tasty for even picky kiddos. via Modern Parents Messy Kids

Jump through the different shapes and colors with a DIY hopscotch-like mat. via Toddler Approved

Freeze paint in ice cubes for a cool colorful project. via Learn with Play at Home

Make prints with plastic letters – a great way to play with color and the alphabet at the same time. via No Time for Flash Cards

Get creative with paint. Use different objects to make prints. Check out this forked fish. via Fantastic Fun & Learning

Paper Plate Birds. They are colorful, fun, and an easy craft for your toddler. via Happy Hooligans

Face painting is something that my kiddos love. The first thing they do with markers is draw on themselves. Make a face painting kit! via Thirty Handmade Days

Another favorite at our house is side walk chalk. They love to smash the chalk to bits in colorful blotches. Make your own paint version. via Kids Stuff World

Explore different textures! Paint on unusual surfaces, like bubble wrap with your kids. via Sugar Aunts

Sensory Activities – Your 2 Year old will Love!

Spaghetti is a fun medium for kids to explore. Dye it for extra fun. via Fun at Home with Kids

Shaving cream is a great sensory tool for kids. Add Koolaid for colors and scent variations. via Learn Play Imagine

Feathers are a fun thing to craft and play with. Create a fun, colorful bird in this preschool craft. via Kids Activities Blog

Pasta is a blast to play with in a sensory tub. Dye it and add some element shapes for kids to have fun digging, sorting, and touching. via Nurture Store

Kids love big canvases. Keep one around the house for your kids to paint whenever the desire strikes. via Meri Cherry

If you don’t like mess, maybe the bath tub will be a better place for your kids to explore color mixing. via Frogs Snails and Puppy Dog Tails

Give your kids a pair of scissors and colorful sheets of paper. They will have a blast creating confetti – and afterwards craft with the bits. via Picklebums

Preschoolers can learn about more than color as they explore. This is a fun rainbow-themed math activity. via Nurture Store

Sensory Activities for 2 Year Olds to Explore

Add pipe cleaners and large beads to playdough play – it will help your kids develop fine motor skills. via Plain Vanilla Mom

Two year olds have fun rolling stacking cups, and pretending to drink/eat. via Kids Activities Blog

Chocolate Ice Cream, our preschoolers love to eat it – and this play dough recipe smells delish! via Kids Activities Blog

Rice is a fun sensory table addition. It’s cheap and easy to find, and kids love the texture falling through their fingers. via Living Locurto

Toddler art projects can be daunting. Meri Cherry has 10 Ideas to help get you started!

Story-telling is a great way to help toddlers develop language patterns and learn sequencing of events. Make your own story stones. via Paint on the Ceiling

Play a learning game of concentration with your kiddo. Put three items up and remove one. Have your child identify which object was removed. via Love and Marriage

Make Kabobs of play dough. Form beads and thread them. Great way for kids to explore texture and motor control. via No Time for Flashcards

Water beads are the rage. Here are water beads that toddlers can play with, and even eat as part of a bubble tea. via Kids Activities Blog

Try using the ABC Mouse app (link includes 30 FREE days!) to teach your two year old the alphabet and how to count!

Mudpies!! It’s a quintessential kids activity – make an mini-outdoor kitchen for your kids to cook and create in. viaInner Child Fun

Sandboxes are a mess… but what if they were small, easy to cover, and you could drag it into the garage when you were done?? Win! This is a sandbox on wheels. via Alisa Burke

When was the last time you surprised your child with a picnic – for breakfast? This site has a bunch of other creative ways to connect with your kids. via Inner Child Fun

On a hot afternoon, frozen water beads are a huge hit! Fill a big bucket with them. via Growing a Jeweled Rose

Do your kids hide in clothes at a department store? Mine do! Recreate that experience by hanging fabric for your kids to run through at home. via Meri Cherry

Bang the afternoon away with a fun musical wall – attach it to a fence in your back yard. via Fun at Home With Kids

It’s a soup!! Only you can’t eat it. This soup is made from flower petals and cut up fruit. Smells lovely, and is a hit with the kids! via Meri Cherry

Use egg cartons to help your kids differentiate between colors with this fun sorting activity. via The Imagination Tree

Sponge bombs are the BEST! Make a big batch of them, and add them to your tots bath toys. via Inner Child Fun

Play with all the colors of the rainbow in this fun Simon Says game. via Toddler Approved

Card board boats are a blast. This is a fun pretend version you can add to your backyard. It will be loved until tap can no longer hold it together anymore. via Merri Cherry

Bubbles are a blast, especially lots of them. These bubble snakes are perfect for kids who want to learn to blow or who love popping bubbles. via Housing a Forest

Activities for ACTIVE kids

Summer time ice-cube sculptures. Your two year old can stack colored blocks of ice and watch the colors melt together. via Learn Play Imagine

Do your kids love flowers?? Mine do, and bugs. Combine these loves for your child in a garden themed sensory bucket. via Chasing Cheerios

Building forts and hanging out inside forts is a blast for kids. They love cubbies to crawl into. Build forts with your kids. via Land of Nod

Young preschoolers are just beginning to play pretend. These dinosaur tails are great for an imaginary world. via Belle Bebes

Your kids don’t need to have blocks to build. Use chunks of watermelon this summer with your preschoolers. via Fantastic Fun and Learning

You can fill bags of paint and hang them on the windows for kids to squish and trace in. Clean play. via Life of Noah

Drop the ball through a fun maze – your kids can create and explore with TP tubes. via A Happy Wanderer

Make an “invitation to play” for your kids using yarn, sandpaper, and strainers – it’s a pasta party! via Where Imagination Grows

Water – everything is more fun with water. Use a squirt gun or spray bottle to learn the letters with your toddler. via Hands on As we Grow

You don’t need fancy toys to build towers. Use toilet paper – if your kids are like mine, they will enjoy unraveling a roll or two, too. via Gideon’s Travels

Learn all about the five senses with this fun printable for kids. via Playful Learning

Grab a box – it can be a terrific launch ramp for toy cars. via Kids Activities Blog

Use a lump of play dough to create a poll to toss rings on. This is a great way for kids to develop hand-eye coordination. via Love and Marriage

Encourage your kids to be active with one of these 25 super simple activities. via Kids Activities Blog

Create a quiet book to entertain your kids during nap time or another calm period. via Quiet Book Blog

Kerplunk is such a fun classic game. Grab a spaghetti strainer and some pom-poms for a fun game. via Meri Cherry

Rocks. My kids love to play with them when they are at the park. Teach them not to throw rocks at home with a fun box. via Nurturestore

Do your kids want to play in the sandbox, but they are just a touch to young as they put everything in their mouths?? Create an edible version. via Happily Ever Mom

Build with blocks in a water table – a fun outdoor experience. via Little Moments to Embrace

Activities to Encourage Independence in our Kids

Help foster independence and teach work ethic with chores for your preschooler. via Kids Activities Blog

Build towers with all the old boxes you can collect – use tape and bring a step stool. via Meri Cherry

Your kids may not understand lengths and how to use a ruler yet, but they can learn to intuitively grasp varying amounts with the help of scissors, play dough and a ruler. via Tots School

Threading toothpicks into a water bottle kept my two year old entertained for over an hour, I bet yours will love it too. via Kids Activities Blog

Create a cutting station. Use a bucket and tie a pair of scissors to it. Hopefully, kids will keep the scraps contained this way. via No Time for Flash Cards

Stretching rubber bands over a can is a great, simple motor skills activity that helps strengthen developing hands. via Hands On As We Grow

Encourage your kids to contribute and clean with some of these tips. via Kids Activities Blog

Cleaning is more fun when you have the right tools. Create a batch of lemonade vinegar as a kid-friendly, yummy smelling, cleaning solution. via Kids Activities Blog

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Leave a Comment: Which of these activities did your 2 year old enjoy the most?

15 Fun Activities for 2-Year-Olds

Are you looking for activities for 2-year-olds? Not just run-of-the-mill crayon and paper scribbles or racing toy cars around on the floor, but activities that will engage, excite and inspire your toddler? Whether you’re at home, on the go or out and about, these pint-sized play activities will inspire learning.
Your 2-year-old now has the ability to walk and run, stack blocks, recognize familiar names, use two- or four-word sentences, sort objects by properties (such as color) and engage in pretend play, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).
Build these skills while having a blast with some terrific toddler activities:

  1. Chase and Pop Bubbles
    What could be more fun than chasing bubbles around the backyard? It’s all about the outdoors, and of course, the sensory fun. Your 2-year-old can practice her running and tracking skills by following the bubbles. Popping them works the fine motor skills.
  2. Pollock-Type Painting, Anyone?
    While the complexities of Jackson Pollock’s art may not get through to your little learner, it’s fun to recreate the famous artist’s work, toddler-style. Spread out a sheet of butcher paper (preferably outside) and let your tot splatter away using different sizes of brushes.
  3. Spot the Colors of Cars
    Get nostalgic with a time-tested car color game. Build your toddler’s color recognition skills. Pick a hue that your 2-year-old has to find in the cars, buses and trucks that whoosh by as you drive.
  4. Sort the Shapes
    Toddlers are developing their ability to sort items by shape. Play up this skill with a homemade deck of shape cards. Cut card stock into squares, triangles and circles. Spread them out on the floor and ask your tot to group them into ‘like’ piles.
  5. Explore a Nature Bin
    Spark your child’s natural sense of curiosity with a bin! Fill a plastic ware container with natural items such as twigs, leaves and flower heads. This exploration engages his senses of touch, sight and smell.
  6. Amaze With Glitter
    Playing with glitter is great fun, but not the clean-up! Make a mess-free sensory jar, filling up an empty clear plastic container with water, baby oil and sparkles. Stir in a few drops of food coloring and let your little one shake, swirl and stare at the gushes of glitter.
  7. Make and Use Edible Art Supplies
    Your 2-year-old explores constantly — through her sense of taste. If you don’t want her munching on store-bought paints, try an edible version using pureed veggies mixed with flour or vanilla pudding and food coloring.
  8. Have Some “Heartfelt” Fun
    A DIY felt board (a piece of cardboard covered with craft felt) offers your toddler the chance to grab, grip and stick shapes in ways that he’s not ready to draw just yet.
  9. Make Play Dough
    Let your child measure, mix and dump. Mix two cups of flour with an equal amount of water over the stove. Add two tablespoons of cream of tartar and a tablespoon or so of vegetable oil. Stir over medium heat until a dough ball forms, pulling away from the sides. Let your little artist create her own hues by stirring in food coloring.
  10. Shape Play Dough
    Now that you have the dough, your child can work her hands by rolling or squishing it, or by using cookie cutters to make shapes.
  11. Tear Tissue
    It’s colorful, it’s crinkly and it’s super easy to tear. Need we say more?
  12. Backyard Balance Beam
    Line up leaves or objects to make a “balance beam” that your new walker must navigate.
  13. Have a Dino Dig
    Hide plastic dinosaurs in the sandbox or a box of loose dirt and have your little paleontologist dig them up.
  14. Drum ’til Dinner
    Two plastic straws make drumsticks for a 2-year-old to keep a beat on the dining room table, a shoebox or a pot while you’re making dinner.
  15. Follow the Leader
    Give your toddler some simple verbal instructions to follow in sequence. This helps him learn how to follow instructions and builds language skills.

Are you stuck inside and looking to get artsy with some activities for 2-year-olds? Check out 4 Simple Toddler Crafts From Around the House!
Erica Loop is a mom, parenting writer and educator with a master of science degree in child development. When she’s not teaching, she’s busy creating kids’ activities for her blog Mini Monets and Mommies.

The Best Gifts for 2-Year-Olds, According to Child Development Experts

Most likely, your 2-year-old’s favorite word, at this point, is a strident, defiant “No.” And it’s one reason that finding the best gifts for 2-year-olds — who are at that in-between age between babyhood and preschool — isn’t always intuitive or easy. You can’t go wrong with a mix of educational games for 2-year-olds, interactive toys for toddlers, and timeless books.

According to experts at the early childhood development nonprofit Zero to Three, age-appropriate toys for 2-year-olds should be open-ended and able to be used in a variety of ways, like wooden blocks.


You want toys like shape sorters or stacking toys, which encourage problem-solving; similarly, by using materials like dough and clay, kids explore their world and figure things out on their own. Because kids are learning out how the world works, give them things that look like the real deal: Pretend food or pretend medical kits are great examples. And you want toys like Duplo or Playmobil blocks that will grow with your kids and teach them how things fit together, or toys like balls or ride-on toys that push them to be active and get comfortable with their own physicality.

This tunnel gets kids moving, and in a pinch, becomes a fort or a hideout.

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Not only does this wonderful toy get kids to run and roll and play, but when they’re done, it packs right up.

First order of business when choosing toys for your 2-year-old: Make sure it’s something that’s open-ended and grows with your kid. This fits the bill.

Construction toys like this starter Playmobil set can be a working farm. Or, it can be anything else your kid dreams up, sparking his or her imagination. It grows with your child and teaches him or her how pieces fit together.


This toy guitar gets little kids interested in music, which in turn helps foster social and emotional development.

Sized just right for little hands, this toy guitar empowers kids. How? When they pluck at strings and create a melody, they feel a sense of achievement and accomplishment.

Quite possibly the most beautiful medical kit for kids we’ve ever seen, this is a kit that can help kids make sense of the real world because they, too, see doctors for check-ups.

From a blood pressure cuff to a stethoscope, all made of gorgeous wood, this is the medical kit to get for your kid. “Realistic” toys like this one help kids understand the world around them.


And while we’re at it, this equally stunning veterinary kit even has a cone for pretend dogs to wear after pretend medical treatments.

So many kids dream of becoming vets, so help them get into that pretend-play world with this magical wooden kit. Plus, caring for animals teaches empathy, something this world could use more of.

This super-fun memory and matching game lets two year olds learn all about animals and if you ask us, it’s never too early to start.

Generally, puzzles for babies and toddlers are one-and-done. Meaning, once they put the pegs into the right slots, the fun is over. This game ups the ante by having kids match up oversized tiles that feature animal illustrations and thus learn their first words.


This sweet little puppy plays music when kids pull her around, thus building gross motor skills.

Plus, when kids push her buttons, they learn numbers and colors.

Toddlers, and older kids, too, are obsessed with Magna-Tiles for a reason: they look cool, are easy to use, and encourage creativity. This set made our Best Toys of 2019 list.

The Magna-Tiles obsession usually starts around 2 years old, and lasts… let’s just say that you’ll end up playing with them, too. This top pick in our 50 Best Toys of 2019 list includes plenty of pieces and shapes to make whatever weird structures your toddler desires (real examples from the kids of Fatherly‘s editors: a pizza-flower, a horse-robot, a car for bears). The open-ended quality of the tiles is everything you want in a toddler toy.


Hands down the most attractive and solid-feeling play food out there.

This Milton & Goose play food set, another one of our 50 Best Toys of 2019, is obviously fancier than necessary for your toddler’s pretend cake — the set, if you can stand this, comes with “Organic Milk, Almond Milk, Goat’s Milk Butter, and two Free-Range Eggs.” But come on — they’re just so frigging cute. And preciousness aside, this is a perfect toy for 2-year-olds trying to get a sense for how things work.

This sturdy little dollhouse is great for pretend and collaborative play, as kids walk the dog and put away the toys.

Most dollhouses are massive and fragile. This is not one of them. It’s meant for the littles, it’s durable and colorful, and because dollhouses are best when multiple kids run the show, it helps kids learn to play together, as opposed to engaging in parallel play.


Kids can tote around dolls and stuffed tigers and Legos and whatever the hell they want in this beautiful toy stroller, which can be used in an endless number of ways.

This sweet pram doubles as a cart (and a push car, and a wagon, and… and…), while serving as a perfect “real world” toy for toddlers trying to figure out how this whole humanity thing works. Your kid won’t care about this, but the minimal design will make your living room toy clutter a bit more aesthetically pleasing.

If your kid is 2, we’re betting his or her favorite song is Wheels on the Bus, and this sturdy vehicle helps bring it to life.

Not only do the front and rear lights actually work, the set comes with four Playmobil figures and the bus also has room for any extra characters your little one already has. Putting the pieces together helps kids develop problem-solving skills.


It’s a genius dump truck crossed with a shape sorter. The truck has a back door that lifts while the truck bed tilts to dump blocks out.

Sets like this one allow kids practice new skills again and again and again, letting them figure things out on their own. Which leads them to become expert problem solvers.

Alphabet blocks are as classic as they come, and this wooden set, which is corralled in a lovely wagon, has vintage good looks.

The best learning toys for 2-year-olds grow with them as they build skills. In the beginning, your toddler will have fun sorting these blocks by color; by the time she’s 5, she’ll be spelling out sight words.


This gorgeous set of wood blocks is the very definition of open-ended toy.

It includes 70 pieces in 18 colors and tons of shapes, including arches, wheels, a bead threader, a rolling ramp, and shape sorter. And sure, kids have a blast building their empires while also learning the basics of physics and problem-solving.

Not only is this push bike mad-cute, but it has rubberized wheels to protect your floors and ensure that the wheels last longer. Plus, it encourages kids to move around and get comfortable with their physicality.

This push-along scooter, from one of the toy industry’s best brands in terms of quality, is a great choice for developing muscle strength and balance, as a lead-up to an actual bike.


If you don’t have the space for a massive toy kitchen, get this spectacular little grill instead, which gets kids to act out stories.

This set isn’t just fun, although it’s definitely that. It helps kids with cognitive development and fosters endless open-ended play as kids pretend to be master chefs whipping up succulent dinners.

Kids learn fine motor skills by placing vivid, colorful flowers and insect pegs onto this garden pegboard.

They learn about colors. They engage in imaginative play. And they don’t get bored, because this set comes pre-loaded with 15 flowers and 12 insects including lady bugs, butterflies, dragonflies, and bumblebees.


Little guys and gals arrange these easy-to-connect segments to create endless combinations, which send the Code-a-Pillar in different directions depending on the configuration.

As entertaining as it is educational, kids have a blast deciding which way to send the toy and love its colorful lights as well as its music. It’s durable and gives kids a fine motor skills workout.

So, little Thomas Keller, you need an oven? Then you need this Play-Doh set, which lets chef cook up pretend foods like muffins, casseroles, pizzas, and cakes. Just don’t eat it. Please.

Kitchens are key to fostering pretend play. And this Play-Doh cooking set comes with cutters, a knife, fork, spoon, plate, six cans of Play-Doh and food attachments. Dinner is served.


These are magic and magically fun blocks that stick together, almost like Velcro, so kids can build whatever they want with zero frustration.

Plus, these bristly blocks help develop dexterity and hand-eye coordination. And they foster endless, limitless imaginary play.

Music is an integral part of child development, and that’s one of the many reasons we love this all-in-one music machine, with a xylophone, a drum, a cymbal, a clapper and drumsticks.

This gorgeous musical set is easy to clean (you just wipe it down) and helps kids with hand-eye coordination, and developing an ear for melody. They have to work to make this instrument play, and that’s the goal. That’s how they learn.


Trains help kids explore and learn about their environment. And you really can’t get much better than this Brio set, which includes a railway engine, animal wagon, five wooden animal characters, an interactive farm, two curved railway tracks, and two ramp tracks.

Kids learn the basics of building and connecting things together with this classic train set, which encourages open-ended play. Plus, it works with all other Brio sets, so it grows along with your child.

A classic toy that never loses this appeal, this spinning saucer teaches toddlers to sit, spin, and balance themselves.

Sometimes, we forget that simple can be spectacular. This spinning saucer is not only fun, but helps toddlers practice balance, coordination, and motor skills.


Your child can built forts and castles and anything else under the sun with this set of 60 natural-finished, smooth-sanded hardwood blocks by Melissa & Doug.

At this age, you want to encourage kids to sort shapes. And this Melissa & Doug set, made up of 60 wood pieces, is ideal for encouraging imaginative play. The blocks also help develop hand-eye coordination.

At this age, kids start to play simple make-believe games, so arm them with this solid and fun set.

Who says toys for 2-year-olds can’t be practical? Kids are encouraged to use their imagination and go to town with a child-sized broom, mop, duster, brush, and organizing stand. The red dustpan clips into all handles. They learn coordination, and how to complete a task.


We love this brand because the toys are eco-friendly, and the truck is actually a pretty dope stacking toy.

This deceptively simple and colorful set helps your 2-year-old develop and build motor skills, and recognize different hues.

This set encourages imaginative play, as kids pretend to build houses or kitchens or sheds.

When you’re looking for toddler gift ideas, the chance to imitate a parent will always win points. To boost your 2-year-old’s imagination, you get kid-safe tools made from durable, soft plastic. The set includes a saw, hammer, screwdriver, wrench, drill, and toolbox.


It’s a fun and easy way to introduce your child to the joys of moldable toys.

This dough is solid because it’s made from actual ingredients we recognize (like flour) and lets your kids go nuts by making whatever they want, from simple ball they can now throw overhead, to ice cream cones and cars. Sorry in advance for the mess, but sensory-play items that provide physical stimulation always rank among our favorite age-appropriate toys for 2-year-olds.

These balls encourage sensory development and physical activity.

They’re small enough for little hands, but big enough to be thrown or kicked or bounced around, helping kids hone physical skills and learn new ones.


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5 Disney Movies Your Toddler Will Love

I have found a few movies that have really captured my kiddos’ attention when they were toddlers. Some of them have remained on their top list since they were tots, while others have been added. I’ve found that they preferred movies with interesting shapes and super bright colors. A great soundtrack helps as well and gets them dancing.

These are my personal picks for toddlers—enjoy!


The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh

He’s cute, cuddly, and loves his honey! Babies and toddlers love Winnie the Pooh, thanks to his gentle manner, soft voice, and sweet personality. Pooh’s friends are just as charming and each come with a drastically different personality. I think that could also play into the huge appeal. Follow along with Tigger, Rabbit, Piglet, Eeyore, and Christopher Robin as they join Winnie the Pooh on his exciting adventures.


Finding Nemo

This movie has something for both toddlers and kids of all ages. Nemo and his friends swim around, solve problems, and embark on an adventure that captures you from the very beginning. The colorful fish and quick movements keep tots entertained.


The Little Mermaid

Anything and everything The Little Mermaid is a win with all three of my kids. My son dances to the music, the girls are in love with Ariel, and the talking sea creatures just make it that much more fun. Plus, the bright colors and playful soundtrack keep them happy.


Toy Story Movies

The idea of toys and dolls coming to life is essentially a child’s dream come true. These are my son’s favorite movies and his sisters offer no objection when he asks to watch them. Warning: if you have never seen Toy Story 3 before, have a box of Kleenex ready.



This movie had my girls the moment the stork started flying across the sky holding a bundle. The “awwwwws” and “oohhhhs!” that come out of their mouths every time they see baby Dumbo is one of the sweetest things. The story offers a message that I think is so important for kids of all ages. And, my son loves elephants, so this is an appealing flick for him as well.

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